Basic Chocolate Cupcakes

Everyone should have 2 basic cupcakes recipes in their arsenal, vanilla & chocolate! They are the go to flavours that virtually everyone likes, so they are perfect for kids parties, bake sales and other events when you need to play it safe with simple flavours that everyone is sure to like.

Basic Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
Yields 12
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Cook Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. For the cupcakes
  2. 175g Soft Butter (Stork)
  3. 175g Caster Sugar
  4. 3x Eggs
  5. 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  6. 125g Self-Raising Flour
  7. 50g Cocoa Powder
  8. 3tbsp Vegetable Oil
  9. For the buttercream
  10. 250g Unsalted Butter (softened)
  11. 400g Fondant Icing Sugar
  12. 100g Good Quality Cocoa Powder
  13. 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  14. Splash of Milk
  15. To decorate
  16. A few squares of chocolate (any type)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325° F / 160° C / 140° Fan / Gas 3.
  2. Line a muffin tin with 12 large muffin sized cupcake cases.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  4. Add the beaten eggs, oil & vanilla and beat together.
  5. Finally add the flour & cocoa and mix thoroughly until smooth.
  6. Spoon the batter evenly into the cases and bake for around 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. When baked remove from the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  8. To make the buttercream, cream the softened butter together with the vanilla and then add the icing sugar and cocoa, mixing together until creamy and lump free.
  9. Add a splash or 2 of milk until the buttercream reaches the desired consistency.
  10. Once the cakes are cool pipe a large swirl of buttercream onto the middle of each cupcake.
  11. Use a grater to grate the chocolate and sprinkle a small amount on top of each cupcake to finish.
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